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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 43: return to the Senate.—the barbarism of slavery.—Popular welcomes.—Lincoln's election.—1859-1860. (search)
he business of the Senate. Their recognition of each other was no longer social, but only formal and official. The amenities of life were suspended; and foreign ministers were obliged to invite their guests by sections. Sumner wrote to Whittier, Jan. 27, 1860: Society is dislocated; the diplomats cannot give a dinner without studying their lists as a protocol. Sumner saw in this non-intercourse signs of the rupture which was to come within a twelvemonth. He wrote to David L. Child, Jan. 16, 1860— All things here show how politics and society are barbarized by slavery. There is now little intercourse between the two sides. So far as I am concerned, tant mieux. This is one of the signs that the bonds of union are weakening; indeed, I should not be astonished if the Gulf States went off, a Gulf squadron, and hoisted the black flag. Abstaining from general society, then much broken up by sectional heats, he dined often with the family of C. F. Adams, now serving his firs